Book Review

Danny McGee Drinks The Sea – Andy Stanton & Neal Leyton

danny-mcgee-drinks-the-sea-readaraptor“One summer’s day, Danny and Frannie McGee hopped into a car and drove down to the sea.”


An utterly hilarious Seussian picture book–with a surprise ending–about a mischievous little boy who gobbles up everything in the whole entire world, except for one very important thing. . . .



Danny McGee Drinks The Sea was an interesting read. I found it funny but a bit too silly for my liking and Spike wasn’t too on board with the illustration style of it.

It merges actual images with illustration and does so in a way I’ve only ever seen done on TV before. Its not an illustration style I really enjoy even on TV and it wasn’t really something Spike enjoyed, with her becoming a bit too disinterested half way through.

I carried on reading and although the story was fun, I wasn’t blown away by it. It had a surprise ending and I loved the rhyming scheme but it didn’t wow me as much as I hoped. It was funny but as the blurb above suggests, it wasn’t as witty as Suess and I was left a little underwhelmed by it.

I think if it wasn’t for the ‘real life’ photos among the illustrations I probably would have enjoyed the book more but they pulled me out of the story a bit too much. They weren’t on every page either, but they were on enough. I also think the story was a bit too silly for me, which is crazy I know, but something just didn’t feel right for me unfortunately.

Danny McGee Drinks the Sea is a contender for the Lollies 2017, so obviously fun and silly is perfect for the awards but I think its probably my least favourite from the shortlist of picture books unfortunately.

Danny McGee Drinks The Sea was published on March 2nd by Hodder Children’s Books. My copy was sent via Scholastic and the Lollies 2017 awards.

To buy the book or for more info please visit:

Amazon | HiveGoodreads | Author website | Illustrator website 

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